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48% Expect More Partisan Bickering in New Congress

45% See Mandate to Change Iraq Policy

When Democrats take control of Congress in January, they will benefit from low expectations among the general public. Despite talk of bipartisanship by top politicians, only 37% expect to see more bipartisan compromise. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that half of all voters (48%) expect an increase in partisan bickering.

Expectations are low in the policy realm as well. Forty-five percent (45%) of likely voters say Congress now has a mandate to change Iraq policy; 34% say it doesn't, and 21% are "not sure." A slightly larger number, 49%, believe Congress has a mandate to change domestic policy; 32% disagree.

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